The Butler Conservation Fund [BCF] is a private family-funded not-for-profit foundation based in Great Neck, New York. BCF is building or helping to build and operate 8 large landscape scale parks world-wide. We currently have two Landscape Architects employed as project managers working with our team of accountants. As our projects mature, BCF is seeking a full-time staff member to participate in overseeing and coordinating various conservation infrastructure projects and help to administer several outdoor education programs. The Butler Conservation Fund has approximately $100 million in assets, with the backing of a wealthy family donor. As a funder, BCF works intensively with grantees to craft programs and projects with significant impacts on wilderness conservation, strengthened environmental protections and habitat restoration. Additionally, BCF directly funds and manages land conservation and public recreation and outdoor education projects both domestically and internationally. BCF has established long-term relationships with leading environmental organizations and focuses funding on multi-year projects that accomplish measurable, impactful and long-lasting outcomes.
The successful candidate will help manage foundation-funded projects and programs in specific geographic areas of interest listed below. The position will provide an exciting opportunity for the right candidate who ideally will have a strong educational background, relevant work experience in finance, managerial and environmental issues. The position requires the candidate be conversant in a variety of environmental issues and conservation approaches; be results-driven; and capable of overseeing the management of multiple projects and programs simultaneously. The job is based in Great Neck, New York and requires significant travel, primarily in the Eastern U.S. and South America which is integral to performing the job. Candidates should expect at least one week of travel per month in the Eastern United States and 3-4 weeks in South America each January. The candidate should have experience and be comfortable in outdoor recreational activities like hiking, biking, kayaking and cross country skiing.
This position is ideally suited to a candidate with construction project management experience with large scale municipal or institutional projects. The position does not involve direct design work for each project, however it does involve working with, overseeing, and coordinating project consultants like landscape architects, architects, and engineers. The role is likely to evolve into an operations management position as various construction projects come to completion and BCF’s focus shifts towards project operations rather than construction.
The projects to be overseen include development of facilities and trails in the Black River Cypress Preserve in South Carolina, the Penobscot River Trails network north of Millinocket, ME, and to a lesser extent, the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, the Perito Moreno National Park and Patagonia National Park in Chile and Argentina, Lubec, ME, and in the Shawangunks in the Hudson River Valley. These projects include trail development, support facilities, land acquisition, and conservation easements. Most of BCF’s project locations include the operation of outdoor education programs. The outdoor education programs serve over 15,000 student visits annually, teaching skills related to outdoor aerobic exercise such as kayaking, cross country skiing, and bicycling. The position will include involvement in the administration of the outdoor education program including assisting with budgeting, curriculum development, and program planning.
Approximately15% of the job time will entail helping with overseeing projects in Argentina and Chile. BCF has one full time project manager/landscape architect in South America during the trail construction season. The successful candidate will assist the current South America project manager and it will be helpful though not required for the candidate to have a Spanish language background.
Landscape Project Manager
- Works with the founder, chief operating officer, other project management staff, and board members on project management, planning and implementation, including trails, outdoor education and support facilities construction.
- Works with the founder and BCF staff on trip logistics.
- Works with the founder, BCF staff, and outdoor education program staff on outdoor education program planning, operations and facilities.
- Works with partner organizations on project planning, financing and implementation.
- Maintains regular communication with project contractors, vendors and organizational partners.
- Assists in developing project budgets and tracking expenses.
- Helps prepare for and attends quarterly board meetings;
- Works with BCF staff on the preparation of committee/board meeting materials.
Required Qualifications / Skills/ Core Competencies
- Strong academic credentials;
- Three to five years’ work experience required;
- Construction project management experience;
- Experience developing and monitoring budgets;
- Strong “self-starter” mentality;
- Experience in outdoor recreational activities;
- Experience with building and construction;
- Passion for environmental/conservation/cultural causes;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Ability to use good judgment and take initiative;
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity for teamwork;
- Extensive domestic and international travel required;
- Computer proficiency in Word and Excel;
- Background with Spanish language or prepared to take courses.
· $75,000 – $90,000 depending on experience.
This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties as assigned.
Butler Conservation Fund
History and Status
The Butler Conservation Fund (BCF) was established in 1988 as a private charity. Today it provides financial support for conservation efforts in the US and abroad. The size of the foundation portfolio is roughly $100 million with an annual budget of approximately $5 million. Over the past 10 years, the fund has awarded $50 million in grants to more than 50 beneficiaries and spent more than $35 million on foundation directed projects.
BCF focuses on “legacy geographies” – ecological regions designated by the BCF’s four member board. These include: Maine, the Adirondacks, the coast of South Carolina, and Patagonia. BCF funds projects in three areas: land conservation, public advocacy and outdoor education. The Fund subscribes to the principle that an integrated approach to conservation, including land protection through purchase or conservation easement, public advocacy supporting conservation policies and programs at the local, state and federal levels, including a vigorous litigation agenda, and outdoor educational opportunities to inform, inspire and invigorate the next generation, will produce lasting results that exceed the potential of each of these initiatives in isolation.
Working directly and with partner organizations, past project funding has helped protect hundreds of thousands of acres of wild and historic landscapes and thousands of miles of exemplary rivers and streams. They have enabled the removal of dams, restoring access and biological functions to iconic rivers on the east coast. Grants have facilitated the passage of higher regulatory standards to protect water quality and quantity. They have helped launch innovative partnerships between native communities, conservation groups and governments to promote protection and restoration of endangered species and habitats. In five legacy geographies, outdoor education programs annually expose thousands of middle schoolers to the excitement of recreation in nature.
BCF expresses its belief in the power of entrepreneurial conservation by supporting programs and leaders who creatively and courageously confront the greatest conservation challenges of our era.